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Commemorating the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, June is Pride Month.
Since the first Gay and Lesbian Pride Fiesta in 1989, Austin has been celebrating alongside the LGBTQ+ community. Bringing color, diversity and new perspectives to town, now is a great time to support Austin's many LGBTQ-owned businesses.
The Little Gay Shop, 828 Airport Blvd.
Spreading joy for everyone, The Little Gay Shop sells trinkets, books and art exclusively by the LGBTQ+ community, while living by the adage "By Queers for all." With specific showcases of Austin-based, Black and international artists, the shop says it exists to support, celebrate and spread the joy of the queer community. The Little Gay Shop hopes to ignite the local art scene, where they believe LGBTQ+ artists are essential, by spreading queer art and gaining exposure.
Garden Seventeen, 604 Williams St.
Dedicated to DIY and outdoor lovers, Garden Seventeen is a locally-owned queer garden center. From its unique hangar-esque building, Garden Seventeen was brought to Austin by the same minds as Native Edge Landscape with the goal of making beautifully landscaped spaces a possibility for everyone. Plants of all sizes, shapes and varieties are all available with experts on standby, plus the store has a loyalty program, so you're rewarded for shopping!
Statement jewelry designer TK Tunchez is a lover of maximalism so her Etsy Shop, Las Ofrendas, is a store for people who love color, patterns and a flair for eye-catching. Flower crowns and combs, gemstones and colorful acrylic earrings are her specialty and give off Chicana and southwestern motifs. The shop is featured at pop-ups throughout Austin, including Frida Friday ATX, which amplifies artists who are "womxn of color."
Combining two loves, Indian food and chocolate, Harshit Gupta and Elliott Curelop founded Madhu Chocolate by sourcing high-quality ingredients and lovingly packing all the bars by hand. "Madhu," which means honey or sweet in Hindi, is central to their motto, "Be Madhu to one another." Flavors like saffron milk and vanilla fennel give the chocolates a uniquely spiced flavor, plus the store sells their own brand of spiced chai, inspired by Gupta's mother's own recipe. In honor of Pride Month, Madhu chocolate is donating 52% of the proceeds to nonprofit safe space Out Youth.
Skull & Cakebones, 3991 US-290
With claims of being the Hill Country's first plant-based craft bakery, Skull & Cakebones promises that going vegan does not have to be a compromise. The bakeshop sells all kinds of vegan sweets like the "Mutha Fudga Cupcakes" or Texas-sized cinnamon rolls, as well as a plethora of clean lunch options like cauliflower wings or vegan grilled cheese. You're guaranteed to find something for everyone!
Gelateria Gemelli, 1009 East 6th St.
Gelato, Italian coffee and cocktails, oh my! Translating to Gemini, the Italian word "Gemelli" was the catalyst for the Gelateria. Andrew Sabola, with a Gemini horoscope sign, and his best friend, also a Gemini, traveled to Bologna, Italy, to learn how to make gelato from the pros. Right now you can try flavors like Earl Grey, Roasted Banana and Miso Vanilla but since Gemelli uses locally sourced ingredients, the flavors change with the seasons.
Paws on Chicon, 1301 Chicon St. and 7601 S. Congress Ave.
Even your furry friends can celebrate pride month with high-quality kibbles and premium toys and treats at Paws on Chicon. The independent store recently opened its second location on South Congress and hopes to educate Austin's pet-loving populous on how to keep their pets the healthiest they can be. The store even does an annual dog drag show to raise money for LGBTQ+ youth and animals in need.
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